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IIM-I, NIIT enter into partnership

FUSION BETWEEN technology and education would lead to enhanced services providing content and expertise to deserving students, opined NIIT president Dr Simranjeet Dey. He was speaking at a function to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between NIIT and Indian Institute of Management Indore (IIM-I) at the latter?s campus at Pigdamber today.

india Updated: Apr 12, 2006 14:20 IST

FUSION BETWEEN technology and education would lead to enhanced services providing content and expertise to deserving students, opined NIIT president Dr Simranjeet Dey. He was speaking at a function to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between NIIT and Indian Institute of Management Indore (IIM-I) at the latter’s campus at Pigdamber today.

Dr Dey said that NIIT would provide four elements viz: broadband connectivity, remote learning technology, implement and manage student experience and spread and reach. IIM-I would provide programme design for the two courses, faculty and certification.

The Post Graduate Programmes (PGP) on offer would be of greatest benefit to those having prior work experience. The initiative taken jointly by NIIT and IIM-I relaxes three constraints of professionals in the form of geographical and physical presence, full time study and general limitations.

NIIT, established 25 years ago, has become a name to reckon with in the field of technology enabled, computer aided education and has an alumni base of two million students. Its 3,000 centres offer IT enabled courses in 10 different languages and it is the only company in Asia to feature on the ITC list, gaining the epithet ‘McDonald’s of education’ in the process. The choice, therefore, for such a partnership was a logical step towards its realisation.

IIM-I Director Dr S P Parashar said that it was a momentous occasion in the history of the most nascent IIM, which in its 10th year of existence, and had made the world its classroom. Vision India-2020 had envisaged the country becoming a ‘knowledge economy’ and IIM-I had taken steps towards the realisation of this goal in 2006.

In the coming years, major sectors in Indian economy would be Information, Communication and Entertainment (ICE). Information through the use of broadband technology would be used as a tool to provide quality management programmes in every corner of the country.

The step could be seen as an exercise meant for the expansion of the IIM into foreign locales by making the adage ‘learn at your pace and place’ come true.

IIM-I Professor Tapan Kumar Panda said that NIIT was the technical partner for this broadband-based programme aimed at improving job skills of working professionals. The MBA PGP programmes included certificate programme in general management and PGP programme in sales and marketing. A third party in the scheme of things, All India Management Association (AIMA), would hold the entrance exams. A total of 240 seats would be offered in both courses.

While it is planned to start the programme at all NIIT centres, it would begin from the metros in the initial phase and would be expanded over the years across all centres. NIIT vice-president Nicholas George and IIM-I faculty members were also present on the occasion.